Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death for Australians and bullying in schools, online and on university campuses are putting incredible pressure on children, youth and adolescents.
The reasons can be many – from depression to bullying, from home instability to perceived appearance issues. How do you assess? What are the indicators for intervention?
For patients at risk of suicide, GPs and other primary care providers play a vital role. They are often the first port of call for someone who is experiencing suicidal ideations.
RACGP reports that people with mental illness are usually more prone to thoughts of self-harm.
Lifeline reports that:
- The overall suicide rate in 2015 was 12.6 per 100,000 in Australia. This is the highest rate in 10-plus years
- The most recent Australian data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2015) reports deaths due to suicide in 2015 at 3,027
- This equates to more than eight deaths by suicide in Australia each day
- Deaths by suicide in Australia occur among males at a rate three times greater than that for females. However, during the past decade, there has been an increase in suicide deaths by females
- The suicide rate amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is more than double the national rate. In 2015, suicide accounted for 5.2% of all Indigenous deaths compared to 1.8% for non-Indigenous people.
We tackle this issue of a burgeoning Mental Health Crisis on the 25 May 2019 at The Crown, Perth
One in four students in Australia have experienced some kind of bullying and in around 85% of cases there are onlookers while the act is occurring. One in Five Australian children have experienced cyber bullying and in 2013, an average of 22 complaints of cyber-bullying were lodged in every secondary school. Symptoms of bullying may not be so obvious and an adult should pay close attention to any children who may show:
- Bruising or being hurt;
- Any nightmares or being scared;
- Loss or damage to their belongings;
- Showing signs of putting themselves down or not wanting to go to school;
- Lack of friends or party invitations;
- Often feeling sick; or
- Acting aggressively.
Bullying at an early stage in a child’s development can lead to a lifetime of trauma and may hinder their mental wellbeing if not dealt with in the appropriate way. For more information on attending seminars and information on our presenters contact Qerac through Qerac.com or email Contact@qerac.com.
Bullying can occur in a range of different contexts and in today’s society can be made to target individuals more easily with the help of technology.
Bullying can be verbal, physical, social and be done online. Bullying is when people repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions against someone or a group of people to cause distress and risk to their wellbeing. Bullying may not be the same as when two people have a conflict such as a fight but may be repeated behaviour like:
- Excluding someone out of a group;
- Acting in an unpleasant way towards a person;
- Giving nasty looks, making rude gestures, calling names, being impolite;
- Spreading rumours or lies, or misrepresenting someone (i.e. using their Facebook account to post or message other as if it were them);
- Harassing someone based on their race, religion, gender or a disability;
- Intentionally stalking someone; or
- Taking advantage of any power over someone else like a Prefect or Student Representative.
It is important that professionals and adults to be educated on recognising and addressing symptoms of bullying. Dealing with the problem early can save a child potential psychological and physical abuse.
On 25th of May 2019, Qerac will be hosting the Mental Health Crisis workshop – ‘How to deal with Child, Adolescent and Youth mental health issues in primary care’. This category 1 workshop offering 40 CPD points for practitioners will be hosted at The Crown, Perth, and will contain 6 main sessions focusing on:
- Normal development focussing on stages of growth;
- Overview of common mental disorders in children and adolescents;
- Mood disorders;
- Risk assessment; and
- Experimental learning.
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